Julian Assange: "Facebook, Google and Yahoo are spying tools for U.S. Intelligence"
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks promotor, interviewed by RT:
Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.
Now, is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that US intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure on them. And it’s costly for them to hand out records one by one, so they have automated the process. Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building this database for them.
Our No. 1 enemy is ignorance. And I believe that is the No. 1 enemy for everyone – it’s not understanding what actually is going on in the world. It's only when you start to understand that you can make effective decisions and effective plans.
The full interview video, which includes other subjects, is also available online at rt.com/... (FLV, 50MB, 13min).
A few comments: I don't know if these statements are true. Maybe; maybe not. However, even if they aren't true at this time, the fact is that these organizations can – they really can – relate and correlate data from hundreds of millions of people from all over the world, and they can control their communications. And they must respond to the North-American authorities. If the U.S. security agencies demand information it'll be difficult for them to protect it, even if they want to.
I don't know about you but I use fine grained criteria when it comes to publish anything on social networks, and have stopped using foreign email systems.
It's always your call, obviously, but... think about it.